Introducing a chance to the Indian students to study in the community colleges of the United States, the US Consulate has sanctioned visas for 8 students from the Eastern part of the country.
This was announced by Rachel Sunden, Deputy Director of the American Center, at an orientation programme with the students here on Thursday.
The move is aimed at evolving the potential of budding talents from India in different spheres of study in the US.
A community college is an educational institution where students can lead themselves in various studies to garner fresh practical experience at the least expensive cost.
Five students from Kolkata, two from Manipur and one from Siliguri were selected to pursue their studies in various academic fields under the Community College Initiative Programme (CCIP) 2013.
In order to frame a positive mutual relationship through a non degree programme of academic, vocational and cultural studies, CCIP is proving to be paving ways for the international students.
The students will be entitled to carry on with their respective studies for one year. They will also be open to earn an academic certificate in their field of study and gain first hand practical experience through internships.
The selected candidates´ list comprises of four male students, namely, Sudipto Paul, Mohammad Arman, Sagar Thapa and Suman Karmokar and four female students - Pooja Kaur, Zenith Lairikyengbam, Adil Ahmed Khan and Sarah Veipune.
The living and studying costs of all the 8 students will be borne by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State.
The 2013-14 CCIP is going to provide academic instruction at the community colleges across US in numerous fields ranging from agriculture, applied engineering, business management and administration to IT, media, tourism & hospitality management.
Since the programme´s induction in 2007, approximately 2000 students from 15 countries have received scholarships for study at the community colleges of US.
Dean Thompson, Cosul General, US in Kolkata, wished bon voyage to the students.
He said, "The community college initiative is an extraordinary opportunity for these young people. I am sure It would be a life changing experience for them."
Talking about the selection procedure of the students, Rachel Sunden said, "We selected students through open application.
On Facebook the students saw the add and applied for the interview. Later, we reviewed their application and called them for interview. Besides checking their qualifications an English profficiency test was also conducted during the interview."
She informed, "Roughly 45 students have been selected through CCIP from across the different regions of India."
Speaking to the media Sudipto, a film making aspirant, said, "I am overwhelmed to receive the chance to study in the prestigious Scottsdale Community College. There will be eight boys and eight girls coming from nine countries."
Stating his views on carrying on future study in US, he said, "I could actually look forward to that as well. But right now, I am very excited and want to capitalize the opportunity I received."
Several renowned lunineries and socialites have made their presence felt at the community colleges of US.
The list includes California Governor - Arnold Schwarzenegger, NASA space shuttle commander - Eileen Collins, Star Wars movie director - George Lucas, film actors - Tom Hanks & Clint Eastwood, fashion designer - Calvin Klein etc.
(Reporting by Gourab Gupta)